I am a chartered clinical psychologist specialised in adult mental health. I work in the NHS as well as running a small private practice. I have 15 years of experience working in adult mental health as well as working with adolescents and couples. My special interest is in working with the impact of childhood trauma/adversity on adults which can manifest in chronic depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship difficulties and in more severe cases, personality difficulties. I have extensive experience in working with adults suffering from Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), also known as Borderline PD. I also have an interst in adult Autism and can offer specific interventions to improve the quality of life and social skills of clients with Autistic Spectrum Condition.
I am an integrative practitioner trained in a variety of therapeutic methods namely, CBT, psychodynamics and system theory (family therapy) to encapsulate clients' difficulties at different levels (conscious and unconscious). I also have training in Mentalisation-based Therapy (MBT), which is a specilised approach in treating EUPD.
I offer therapeutic interventions to adults as well as couples and adolescents. I am an engaging therapist and focus on establishing an intimate therapeutic relationship with my clients based on trust and transparency. I normally offer an initial (free) telephone consultation to establish whether I can be the right therapist for you and provide the opportunity to have a better sense of what you can expect in working with me. The subsequent sessions can be arraneged online (zoom) or in person. I do offer both short-term or if necessary long term interventions to work towards desirable therapeutic goals. My therapy sessions will be an hour and can be weekly or more depending on clients' needs.
I do believe that therapy is more useful if we identify and work towards necessary goals, otherwise it can become a circular and unneccessarily prolonged and frustrating process. I always encourage my clients to use what they learn about themselves in the real world. Coming from a diverse background and having extensive knowledge/experience in Martial Arts, as well as travelling, have given me a deeper understanding of the human condition. Such personal experiences as well as my clinical and academic work have made me a more well-rounded therapist who can connect to people from all walks of life. I endeavour not to judge but to understand my clients. I am a warm therapist however I would empathically challenge my clients when I feel they unconsciously resist change.
I am also a very experinced supervisor. I have supervised trainee clinical & counselling psychologists for many years in the NHS as well as privately. All my supervision sessions can be arranged and offered online (skype) or in person.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BSc in Psychology.
- MSc in Clinical Psychology (University of Bangor, North Wales).
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University of Essex, Colchester.
- Post graduate certificate in Family Therapy (Tavistock Clinic).
- Mentalisation-based Therapy (Anna Freud Centre).
Registered / Accredited
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am available to take on new clients most evenings and weekends.
I do offer concessions for clients with low income and key workers.